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« on: April 18, 2003, 06:42:24 PM »

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This is my first posting!

I'm trying to get an old 486 machine to work for a friend. The problem is that during boot-up, the monitor switches into the power saver mode and does not come out. I've tried another monitor, re-seating the video card, cleaning its connector, and pressing F5 to boot into the Safe Mode. No luck! I think it might be using a W95 OS but, because I can't get the machine to boot up, I'm not sure!
What next? Thanks in advance for your help!


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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2003, 01:13:02 PM »

Hi,

I am assuming you do get a display until Windows loads, is this right?

Is this the same video card that is setup in this Windows installation or a different one?

If you cannot get into Windows in Safe-Mode then the problems is most likely with Windows. Try re-installing Windows.

If you do not have the installtion CD, look and the hard drive for the installation CAB files. Usually in 'c:\windows\options\cabs' on a pre-install.

1. Hit F8 right before the blue Windows logo screen to access the boot menu.
2. Select 'Command Prompt Only'
3. Type 'dir *.cab /s' <ENTER> (no quotes)
4. If you find many (more that 4 - about 20+) CAB files, remember the location, go to that folder and run setup
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2003, 07:55:49 PM »

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I don't get any display at all. As I noted in my first posting, I've tried another monitor, a different voideo card, etc. but no luck! the monitor just goes into power saver and stays there! Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2003, 08:01:07 PM »

Hi,

Have you tried removing all none essential cards (that would be everything including the I/O card, if not integrated into the motherboard, except the video card), reseating the memory, CPU and power connectors going to the motherboard? If the I/O card is built-in, disconnect all the ribbon cables at the motherboard end. Does the system now power on?

Are any of the fans spinning? Can you hear the hard drive spin up?
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